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NATION/WORLD

WHAT PALESTINIANS?

WHAT RIGHTS?

Palestine- a Heart- broken Land Without People
Mark Twain wrote about his tour through Palestine in 1867: Palestine is a hopeless,
dreary, heart-broken land, a limitless desolation...given over wholly to weeds...Nazareth is
forlorn...Renowned Jerusalem has become a pauper village...The noted Sea of Galilee is
deserted and its borders are a silent wilderness...Palestine is no more of this workaday
world.
Jews Brought Palestine to Life
" While there was a continual Jewish presence since Biblical times, the
modern-day return of Jews starting about 1870 found a barren neglected land.
Jerusalem, with 25,000 people, a majority Jewish, was the largest town
" Jews brought life to desolation. Jews settled in barren deserts and malaria
infested swamps- land considered uninhabitable. They created new means of
livelihood. Arabs flocked in to benefit from the Jewish developments.
" After 1918, the British controlled Palestine. Their Foreign Office favored
that Palestine, should be in Arab hands. The British rulers of Palestine did their
utmost to keep out Jews- even driving Jewish refugee boats back into Nazi hands,
while allowing Arabs to enter freely
" And yet, before Israel's rebirth in 1948, for every three Jews that settled in
Palestine, there were two Arabs that came for the higher wages and better
living conditions. During World War II, the British brought in tens of thousands
of Arab migrant workers to build military roads and bases and serve the
British forces.
United National "Refugee" Camps
" The Arab migrant workers were among the first to leave when in 1948
seven Arab states attacked reborn Israel. They and their families ended up in
UN refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Judea-Samaria (west Bank) and
in Gaza.
" Many Arabs from nearby lands came to those refugee camps to enjoy
American and UN handouts given to anyone who claimed to be- no proof, we
required- a refugee.
" What was less than half a million in 1948, in just a few years grew to several
million Arab "refugees"- now claims to be more than five million!
Jewish People- the "Palestinians"
" Before the 1960's, a "Palestinian" meant a Jew, not an Arab. In the war
against the Nazis, the "Palestinians" in the Allied forces were Jews. Before
1948, the "Palestine Post" (now "Jerusalem Post"), the Palestine Electric
Company, the Palestine Workers' Fund- the list goes on and on- were all Jewish.
" After Israel's rebirth, Jews became known as "Israelis." Arabs then laid
claim to the identity of "Palestinians"- as a people who had been living in

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Sniper
evidence
mounts
with time
WASHINGTON (AP)-At a terrible
cost, police are learning more about the
Washington-area sniper day by day,
death by death. Insights into his voice,
penmanship, grammar, mood and mode
of operation have flowed from his com-
munications, and other evidence is
mounting.
Yet so far, police hunt in vain.
For two weeks he was a specialist in
leaving without a trace beyond a body
and bullet fragments, fleeing with his lit-
erally smoking gun. Police only seemed
to have a vague idea about his vehicle
and even that lead weakened as time
went on.
Now his temper and tone have been
exhibited, thanks to his keen wish to be
in touch with police.
Authorities have a voice to analyze
and track to its source, some sort of
third-party phone number and, conceiv-
ably, fingerprint evidence or genetic flot-
sam from his letters and crime scenes.
Whether his recently disclosed
demand for money is a diversion or the
point of the assaults that have left 10
people dead, three wounded and parents
fearful that he's after their children, it
provides yet another way to hunt a killer
that was missing until he opened lines of
communication with police.
For all that, investigators emphasized
yesterday that no single lead is a magic
pill in this case. "Just like an illness,
some things don't respond to treatment
right away," said Mike Bouchard, special
agent with the federal Bureau of Alco-
hol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Federal
agents
warned
of attacks
DETROIT (AP) -- A man being
held on perjury charges told federal
agents a month before the terrorist
attacks that an attack on Washington,
D.C. was being planned, according to
an FBI report.
Gussan Abraham Jarrar, a 42-year-
old Jordanian man, said he tried to give
a warning, but nobody would listen,
Jarrar told the Detroit Free Press in an
interview at the Wayne County Jail.
Federal officials acknowledged in the
report that Jarrar gave vague statements
in August 2001 about plane bombings,
but determined he had no real informa-
tion and simply fabricated details of a
nonexistent terrorist cell to liven up his
jail stay.
"If they would have given me a
chance, I would have found out what
was going to happen," Jarrar told the
newspaper.
A key element in Jarrar's defense is
an Aug. 30, 2001, FBI report in which
he predicted terrorists would "carry out
a suicide plane bombing attack on the
White House, Washington, D.C., some-
time during the holiday season, 2001,
possibly Thanksgiving and or Christ-
mas.'
Although Jarrar got the date wrong,

his prediction two weeks before Sept.
11 suggests he may have known some-
thing, his attorney said.
"He either had knowledge or he's an
amazing soothsayer," said his lawyer,
Donald Ferris of Ann Arbor.
He was in custody at the Macomb
County Jail on a drug charge, when he
was called to testify before a grand jury
in Detroit on Aug. 16, 2001. He testi-
fied that he and seven other Detroit-
area men planned to blow up the
Mackinac Bridge, the federal building
in Detroit and the Cedar Point amuse-
ment park in Ohio..
REFORM
Continued from Page IA
has a better understanding of students'
concerns than other candidates. He
said he would like to see the creation
of a student-run store where coursepa-
cks can be traded without a middle-
man, more parking spots, meal plans
that feature reusable tickets and electri-
cal buses to replace the current ones.
Mangopoulos said the United States
government should avoid war with Iraq
because many nations have access to
nuclear weapons.
"We do not need to be the policemen
of the world," he said. "Iraq poses no
threat to the IInited States"

WASHINGTON
Bush signs costly military spending bill
President Bush signed into law yesterday the biggest military spending
increase since Ronald Reagan's administration - a $355.5 billion package giving
the wartime Pentagon "every resource, every weapon and every tool they need.:
Overwhelmingly approved by Congress, the measure contains a 4.1 percent
salary increase for military personnel, $7.4 billion to keep developing a ballistic
missile defense system and $72 billion for new weapons.
With the president contemplating war against Iraq, and U.S. troops involved in an
anti-terror campaign across the globe, the law increases Pentagon spending in almost
every area for the budget year that began Oct. 1 by a total of more than $34 billion,
or 11 percent, over the previous year. It was the biggest increase in 20 years.
"Since September 11, Americans have been reminded that the safety of many
depends on the courage and skill of a few," Bush told a Rose Garden audience
filled with uniformed military personnel and lawmakers from both parties. "The
bill today says America is determined and resolute to not only defend our free-
dom but to defend freedom around the world, that we're determined and resolute
to answer the call to history and that we will defeat terror."
He also signed a $10.5 billion bill financing the building and upgrading of mil-
itary installations in fiscal 2003.
Rebels seize Moscow theater, take hostages
About 50 armed Chechen rebels seized a crowded Moscow theater last night,
firing their weapons and taking hundreds in the audience hostage. Police and
security forces surrounded the building amid sporadic gunfire.
Moscow police spokesman Valery Gribakin said about 100 women and children
had been let out of the theater. "The terrorists are demanding one thing - the end
to the war in Chechnya," Gribakin said.
Russian news reports said the armed men and women were laying land mines
inside the theater and had explosives strapped to their bodies which they threat-
ened to blow up if Russian security forces stormed the building.
A woman who made her way out of the theater told a television interviewer the
men wore camouflage as they took the stage, fired into the air and said: "Don't
you understand what's going on? We are Chechens."
News reports said the hostage-takers arrived in jeep-like vehicles just as the
second act of the play was about to begin. When police and security forces sur-
rounded the theater, the attackers opened fired and threw a grenade. One of the
hostages, a doctor, was treating a hostage-taker who was wounded.

JERUSALEM
Expectations low for
Mideast peace plan
A U.S. envoy's peace plan calling for
a provisional Palestinian state next year
- and full statehood by 2005 - drew
reservations from Israelis and Palestini-
ans yesterday. Expectations remain low
after two years of fighting and many
failed diplomatic missions.
The mediator, Assistant Secretary of
State William Burns, is touring the
region on a mission also seen as an
attempt to keep a lid on Mideast ten-
sions at a time when thenAmericans are
seeking to build support among Arab
states for a possible attack on Iraq.
The U.S. plan would be implemented
in three phases and closely monitored by
the United States, the European Union,
Russia and the United Nations.
An interim Palestinian state could be
established by the end of 2003. A peace
agreement formally ending the Middle
East conflict and creating full-fledged
Palestinian statehood could be in place
within three years, according to the plan.
CHICAGO
Clemency hearings
go on amid criticism
For nearly two weeks, the details of
Illinois' most gruesome murders have
been replayed for the public in a
marathon set of clemency hearings that
death penalty opponents now believe
may have backfired and hurt their cause.
The hearings, which are being held for
nearly every inmate on Illinois' death

row, were set in motion by Republican
Gov. George Ryan, who suspended all
executions nearly three years ago
because of flaws in the criminal justice
system.
But the procedural flaws discussed at
the hearings have been overwhelmed by
the litany of bloody horrors, and the gov-
ernor himself has become the target of
bitter attacks by the relatives of murder
victims. "The pain and passion of these
families is deafening," said Larry Mar-
shall, a Northwestern University law
professor.
WASHINGTON
GOP hopes to gain
majority in Congress
President Bush is not on the Nov. 5
ballot, but his midterm presidency is.
And so he appeals to voters in House
and Senate elections for "a Congress
with which I can work" - one'Ihat
will deliver him deeper tax cuts and
free rein to build a domestic record he
can carry into his own re-election
campaign.
From personally recruiting candi-
dates to raising more than $163 million
in Republican cash, the Bush-Cheney
White House has taken extraordinary
steps to keep GOP control of the House
- up for grabs with the swing of just
seven seats -- and wrest away the
Democrats' tenuous one-seat hold on
the Senate.
Some races, aside from affecting the
balance of power, double as grudge
matches.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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After the 1967 attempt by Arabs states to
annihilate Israel failed--- A bogus history
was fabricated to incite hatred of Jews and
to justify Israel's destruction. It says Jews
stole from a Muslim "Palestine people';
their homeland "Palestine"..

The Arab-Israel conflict is NOT a border
dispute. What disturbs Arab leaders about
the Jewish State is its very existence.
Their claim of a "palestinian people",
separate and distinct from an Arab people,
is their subterfuge to claim all of Israel
belongs to them and Jews have no right
to be there!

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